The Vine Basket by Josanne La ValleyThe Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley

The Vine Basket

byJosanne La Valley

Paperback | August 4, 2015

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"A haunting tale of artistic vision triumphing over adversity." -Kirkus &nbsp Reviews

Things aren't looking good for fourteen-year-old Mehrigul. She yearns to be in school, but she's needed on the family farm. The longer she's out of school, the more likely it is that she'll be sent off to a Chinese factory . . . perhaps never to return. Her only hope is an American who buys one of her decorative baskets for a staggering sum and says she will return in three weeks for more. Mehrigul must brave storms, torn-up hands from working the fields, and her father's scorn to get the baskets done. The stakes are high, and time is passing . . . will Mehrigul's hard work be enough?
The debut author Josanne La Valley traveled across the Taklamakan Desert to the Hotan region of China, where she spent time among the Uyghur people. She has her MFA in writing children's books from Vermont College, and currently lives in New York City.
Title:The Vine BasketFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.64 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544439392

ISBN - 13:9780544439399


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not My Kind of Read Josanne LaValley’s Factory Girl seemed like a kind of read I needed to get my hands on. I’m usually reading mysteries, thrillers or contemporary romances, so this was actually a new kind of story for me that I was quite interested in. It has a new setting — the mountains of China — that no other author has really wrote about before in the Young Adult genre, so I was quite excited to request this from the publishers. Although it originally seemed to be something I might be interested in, this was a disappointing read that is making me regret picking it up. Factory Girl almost put me in a reading slump. I don’t think I need to say more — that’s quite negative. I decided to pick this up during the school year, and I couldn’t find myself getting into it because it is a heavy, deep read that needs time to get through. When the school year ended, I decided that I would pick this up once again and see how good it really is. I was disappointed yet again. This book is extremely boring and I couldn’t find any emotion in the writing. LaValley is a great writer, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that I felt that the premise was the main focus of the story, including the setting, but the deep messages and characters were just another aspect that needed to be written about. “The taste of a few peas and nuts leaves a gnawing hunger in my stomach. For food. For home. For my life as it was” (32). I kind of wish that I DNFed this because I expected that the ending would be phenomenal. But instead, it was extremely predictable and nothing special. I wanted this book to be a new favourite, a new outlook on the way contemporary stories, but I just felt that this was SO slow-paced. Agh. In conclusion, Factory Girl featured a promising story about a girl named Roshen who is forced into slavery due to her social status. She has a life set for her, wanting to be with a man who she loves, however, everything changes when her family is unable to purchase her freedom. It’s a sad story, but something was definitely missing from this being a great story. I wish it was more interesting and unpredictable. I felt like I knew of all the answers and solutions. *A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!
Date published: 2017-07-19

Editorial Reviews

In her debut novel, La Valley paints a memorable picture of this faraway people. . . . A haunting tale of artistic vision triumphing over adversity." -Kirkus "For many readers, this book may be their first introduction to the Uyghur people, and La Valley strongly evokes the culture and struggles of an ethnic group whose future is less than certain." -Publishers Weekly "Engages and teaches." -Booklist "An absorbing read and an excellent choice for expanding global understanding." -School Library Journal, starred review "The carefully honed plot and palpable family tensions? will resonate with most youngsters." -Bulletin "